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Mind in Furness deliver Meaningful Conversations session to staff at Centrica

Mind in Furness staff delivered Meaningful Conversations training to staff at Centrica.

Chief Officer Karen Dobson and Barrow Service Manager Melanie Gilmour headed to the gas terminal last week to chat to managers about how they can spot and help staff with mental health issues.

Mind in Furness Chief Officer Karen Dobson and School Street, Barrow,Service Manager Melanie Gilmour at Centrica delivering Meaningful Conversations training

Mind research confirms that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers:

* More than one in five (21 per cent) agreed that they had called in sick to avoid work when asked how workplace stress had affected them

* 14 per cent agreed that they had resigned and 42 per cent had considered resigning when asked how workplace stress had affected them

* 30 per cent of staff disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed’

* 56 per cent of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don't feel they have the right training or guidance

Centrica managers take part in a Meaningful Conversations session with Min in Furness Chief Officer Karen Dobson and Barrow School Street Centre Manager Melanie Gilmour

Miss Dobson said: "We met with nine managers to deliver our Meaningful Conversations session. We talked about what constitutes a healthy workplace.

"We chatted about how Centrica can speak to its staff about mental health issues and pick up when staff may be unwell.

"We were very impressed with the positive attitudes towards mental health shown at Centrica.

"They were really supportive about helping staff with mental health issues."

Centrica managers take part in a Meaningful Conversations session with Min in Furness Chief Officer Karen Dobson and Barrow School Street Centre Manager Melanie Gilmour

If you are a company or business interested in having a Meaningful Conversations session about mental health and how you can help your staff call Mind in Furness on 01229 827094 or email Suzanne.murphy@mindinfurness.org.uk





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